Collaborative by design, Home Before the Leaves Fall is a multi-institutional project highlighting materials and resources on the Great War, with articles curated by individual scholars and experts guiding readers through the many threads that weave materials into a narrative tapestry, while social media spotlighting newly digitized content, creative and educational use of materials, and news of other Great War commemorations.



Works Consulted / Further Reading

Provides a list of all works consulted and lists of recommended additional readings and resources.

Letters, Diaries and Autobiographies

Life-writings as related to the Great War are described and an overview of some of the canonical texts is provided.


This page links the descriptions and overviews of the primary material types found in World War I repositories, including: lette…


November 18th
On November 3, 1914 one of the truly unique voices of world poetry was stilled. Georg Trakl, 27, a reserve lieutenant-pharmacist in the Austro-Hungarian army committed suicide by overdosing on cocaine while under observation at a military hospital. For those who knew Trakl’s work, this fate was “a death foretold.” Trakl bridged the excesses of […]
October 17th
by Chris Gibbons “I resolved to find what remained of Company D for (my grandfather), and for (his fellow soldiers), and for myself, as well, and complete a story begun on a hot July day so long ago, when young men raced across open fields toward machine guns and disappeared into history.” (From “The Remains […]
October 14th
Form and bolt first had to burst, World had to press through opened valves: Form is ecstasy, peace, heavenly contentment, But something urges me to plough up the clods of the field. Form wants to lace and constrict me, But I want to force my being into all distances— Form is pure hardness without mercy, […]

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